The Metropolitan King County Council’s “optimism about future cash reserves” for Metro Transit is better understood as throwing caution to the wind [“Bus plan accelerating as Seattle hopes for windfall from Prop. 1,” Local News, Oct. 7]. The state agency whose forecasts figure heavily in the County Council’s decision to table planned cuts in Metro Transit’s bus service typically plans for growth in the economy. The fact is, the real world business cycle has downturns that must be taken into consideration.
These overly optimistic forecasts led to crises for Metro from the dot-com bust and from the Great Recession. The council’s recent vote will leave Metro Transit exposed to the next downtown.
Metro’s unstable funding (thanks partly to Tim Eyman’s Initiative 695 and our state Senate’s failure to allow a vote on the transportation package) demands of the council a high degree of prudent, reality-based planning. It’s unfortunate that the short-sighted members of the council prevailed in this matter.
Connie Voget, Seattle